2018 Programmers' Picks Vol. 1

2018 Programmers' Picks Vol. 1

Nike Hatzidimou

Nike studied documentary film in England and has worked in the UK as a curator for the Refuge in Films Festival. She has been part of DOXA's programming committee for 6 years. She currently works in Vancouver as an Art Director. From watching the films to discussing them and finally sitting in the back row of the cinema and watching your reaction: she loves all aspects of the festival. 



Cielo is a beautiful, meditative love poem to the night sky. Nowhere on earth can the stars be observed as clear as in the Atacama Desert in Chile. This documentary takes you on a breath taking journey between earth and stars, where our place as humans is put into perspective. Storytellers, astronomers and desert inhabitants come together in this powerful film reflecting on their relation to the sky. 

Alison McAlpine | Canada/Chile | 2017 | 78 minutes

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 6:00pm
SFU-GCA (149 W Hastings St)

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 8:30pm
Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)


A Six Dollar Cup of Coffee

What is a fair price for a cup of coffee?  Most of us see coffee as a basic need, we consume so much but we don't really know what the real price for coffee is. This documentary follows indigenous co-op producers in Chiapas, Mexico as they are trying to establish a new business model roasting their own coffee and exporting a finished product. A Six Dollar Cup of Coffee gives an insight into the complex world of coffee and the role that we play in it. 

Andres Ibañez and Alejandro Diaz | Mexico | 2017 | 70 minutes

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 2:00pm
SFU-GCA (149 W Hastings St)

Anant Prabhakar

Anant is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a degree in critical & cultural studies. He can often be prone to making a case for non-fiction mediums being the pinnacle of artistic practices today. This is his fourth year on the programming committee.


Minding the Gap

Minding the Gap is a story of camaraderie, friendship and growth. The narrative engages you from the onset as the characters look to mature towards adulthood. Bing Liu allows for a sincerity not just with scenes in front of the lens but from behind it as well, evident through his visibly contemplative role as filmmaker. His unabashed use of the camera is a powerful showcase for the boldness of the documentary format.

Bing Liu | US | 2018 | 93 minutes

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 6:00pm
Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 12:00pm
Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.)


Harvest Moon

From the natural landscape of Kyrgyzstan to melancholic conversations over a bonfire, Harvest Moon is full of aesthetic wonder. Amongst the picturesque scenes, you’ll be drawn in by the visible rigours of a family harvesting walnuts, trying to maintain their livelihood. You’ll be hard-pressed to find another film this year as delicately arranged, and as subtly evocative.   

Zaheed Mawani | Canada/Kyrgyzstan | 2018 | 69 minutes

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 4:30pm
Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:30pm
Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)